Now that the holidays are over and you are settling back into a familiar routine, you may have some time to reflect on time spent with loved ones over the past few weeks. Oftentimes, we see our relatives and friends infrequently and those times spent visiting with them may be very special and can be quite eye-opening, especially if our loved ones are elderly.
If you noticed any of the following during your visit with an elderly friend or relative you may want to take special notice:
- Their appearance has changed. Perhaps their usual stylish appearance has fallen by the wayside and they appear to be disheveled or unkempt
- Their home may appear to be suffering from neglect. Housework and repairs are left undone. The home is unclean or items such as newspapers and correspondence such as bills are stacking up. Some solutions for this issue might include a housekeeper or a financial manager who will assist them with monthly bills.
- Their level of physical frailty has increased. This can lead to safety issues in the home that may be remedied with appropriate Aging in Place consultation.
- Their mental sharpness is not quite to the level it used to be. Some memory loss as we age is quite normal, but marked memory issues are cause for concern. For example, they may find it difficult to remember medication or meal schedules or they may forget to turn a burner off on the stove, etc., etc.
- They don’t have any interest in subjects or people they were always interested in before. Depression is quite prevalent among the elderly and may be brought to the attention of appropriate professionals for assistance.
You may not have the time or expertise to assist your loved one with day-to-day activities, but there are many professionals offering a variety of services from home health care to home remodeling to geriatric care management, and many more, who may be able to put you on the right path to ensuring your loved one is as safe and happy as possible in their living situation. Seeing your loved one well cared for will add to your sense of peace of mind as well. For links to various resources you may wish to consult, click on the Resources tab in our website: www.transitiontamers.com.